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Andrew Jordan – BTCC Driver
Andrew's father Mike Jordan, a successful Porsche & sportscar racing driver brought Andrew to the at 13 years old. He had started to compete in the Junior Mini RallyCross Championship and showed some promise. Mike wanted to ensure Andrew learnt the correct rally driving techniques to provide him with a solid foundation on which to build a career as a rallycross, rally or racing driver.
By the time he graduated into the full British Championship Andrew dominated the British Junior RallyCross class, winning every Championship and most of the races.
Bill Gwynne's formula for a driver to learn the art of driving a rally car on gravel begins with mastering rear wheel drive techniques in 'Classic' MKII Ford Escorts. Coached primarily by Peter Gwynne, Andrew completed a number of ProRally Driver Advanced 1:1 courses in this car, in addition to ProRally Driver Advanced 1;1 front wheel drive coaching in our 'Magical' Nissan Micras and his own Mini RallyCross car.
Andrew's move into the full British RallyCross Championship was in a Ford Focus World Rally Car. The transition from a 60bhp front wheel drive Mini to a 500bhp, four wheel drive, turbo charged supercar needed to be carefully managed.
At 17 yrs of age Andrew completed a series of ProRally Driver 1;1 in our fleet of Subaru Impreza's. At 300 bhp these were ideal for him to combine the rear wheel drive and front wheel techniques and develop his speed in preparation for his debut in the Ford Focus. In his first season he won individual races and then the drivers Championship in his second season.
A intrinsic part of his training programme with us was to drive regularly in between Championship rounds. Once a week to in hi Junior RallyCross career he'd complete a Mintex National or Clubman's two wheel drive experience. During his full British RallyCross Championship seasons he drove a Subaru Impreza on a ProRally Driver 1:1 half day course to get hi mind and body back into competition mode after a 3-5 week break.